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The Fiery Furnaces: Remember

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The Fiery Furnaces

Album: Remember
Label: Thrill Jockey

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In 2005, sibling duo The Fiery Furnaces recorded and released an album prominently featuring their grandmother, in the process making it clear that they cared little for indie-rock convention. Their latest audacious move: a double-live album that, surprisingly, works—primarily due to some innovative sequencing and arranging. A stripped-down aesthetic colors much of Remember, as the group's normally fey, fragile material becomes increasingly aggressive, even muscular, throughout these live performances. While the approach irons out some of the Furnaces' beloved eccentricities, it also shows the band embracing a fuller, more confident sound—one that it has yet to fully capture in the studio. Yet Remember is weighed down a bit by its own obsessive tendencies. It's apparent that the album is to be understood as an exercise in collective memory, but it's unclear whether such an exercise is meant to include the band's fans, or if it's solely limited to the band itself.